A woman had a narrow escape from what would have been a bizarre death when her car was flattened by a giant Taco Bell sign during a storm.
The incident occurred at a Taco Bell drive-thru in Crowley, in the US state of Louisiana, last week.
During a recent bout of severe weather, a large sign at the fast-food restaurant collapsed, falling onto the Kia sedan of the unnamed woman, who was alone in the car at the time.
Crowley Police Chief Troy Hebert issued a cautionary message on September 8th via a Facebook post, advising the public to exercise caution due to the recent storm’s aftermath, which included downed power lines and obstructed roadways.
The post also mentioned one reported injury, with accompanying images depicting local storm damage. Among the pictures was one showing a toppled pole in a parking lot and another revealing the Taco Bell sign strewn across the ground.
According to Acadia Parish Superintendent Scott Richard, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) promptly responded to the scene.
The injured woman was extricated from the car with care, and her injuries were reported not to be severe. No one else sustained injuries despite the size and height of the fallen sign.
The woman’s daughter, Madyson Dailey, recounted her mother’s experience during an interview. She recounted that her mother observed the sign wobbling and, within seconds, it crashed into the backseat of her car.
Dailey’s mother reported a bleeding head and being trapped in her vehicle due to the fallen pole. While she did sustain a minor head injury that required staples, her daughter said it was likely to heal without complications.
Before the incident, the woman had been on her way to pick up Dailey’s siblings from school but had stopped to purchase food at Taco Bell.
Dailey expressed immense relief that her mother’s injuries were relatively minor and emphasized the importance of avoiding travel during severe weather whenever possible.